|PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY:
A First Class in the Rewa Kantha Agency, founded about
1360 by Kumar Shri Samarsinhji Mokhdaji, younger son of
Thakur Mokhdaji Ranoji 1309/1347 of Gogha (later Bhavnagar) by the
daughter of Rao Chokrana, a Parmar Rajput prince of Ujjain
in Malwa. He succeded to the estate of his father-in-law
when he died heirless, and took the name Arjun Sinhji.
- Maharana JITSINHJI,
Maharaja of Rajpipla, married and had issue. He died
- Maharana Pratapsinhji JItsinhji (qv)
PRATAPSINHJI JITSINHJI, Maharaja of Rajpipla
1754/1764, married and had issue. He died 1764.
- Maharana Raisinhji Pratapsinhji (qv)
- Maharana Ajabsinhji Pratapsinhji (qv)
- Maharana RAISINHJI
PRATAPSINHJI, Maharaja of Rajpipla 1764/1786,
- Maharana AJABSINHJI
RAISINHJI, Maharaja of Rajpipla 1786/1803,
married and had issue. He died 1803.
- Maharana Ramsinhji Ajabsinhji (qv)
- Maharana Narsinhji Ajabsinhji (qv)
- Maharana RAMSINHJI
AJABSINHJI, Maharaja of Rajpipla 1803/1810
(deposed), married and had adoptive issue.
- (A) Maharana Pratapsinhji Ramsinhji (qv)
PRATAPSINHJI RAMSINHJI, Maharaja of Rajpipla
1810/1815, succeeded by adoption..
NARSINHJI AJABSINHJI, Maharaja of Rajpipla
VAIRISALJI NARSINHJI, Maharaja of Rajpipla
1821/1860 (abdicated), married and had issue. He
- Maharana Shri Gambhirsinhji Vairisalji (qv)
- HH Maharani Chandra Kunverba Sahiba, married
1873, HH Maharawal Shri Mansinhji Prithvirajji of
Baria, and had
issue. She died 1894.
- Maharana Shri
GAMBHIRSINHJI VAIRISALJI, Maharaja of
Rajpipla 1860/1897, born 1847, installed as ruler on
17th November 1860; married and had issue. He died
10th January 1897.
- HH Maharana Shri Sir Chhatrasinhji Gambhirsinhji
- Kumar Shri Ramsinhji Gambhirsinhji, educated at
Rajkumar College, Rajkot
- Kumar Shri Kiritsinhji Gambhirsinhji, educated
at Rajkumar College, Rajkot
- Kumar Shri Narsinhji Gambhirsinhji, educated at
Rajkumar College, Rajkot
- Kumar Shri Digvijaysinhji Gambhirsinhji,
educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot
- HH Maharani Dilhar Kunverba Sahiba, married (as
his second wife), Lt.-Col. HH Maharawal Sir Shri
Ranjitsinhji Mansinhji of Baria, and had issue.
- Rani Drupad Kunverba Sahiba, Maharaj Naharsinhji
Mansinhji of Baria,
and had issue. She died 1980,
- HH Maharana Shri
Sir CHHATRASINHJI GAMBHIRSINHJI K.C.I.E.,
Maharaja of Rajpipla 1897/1915, born 1861 (#4), educated at
Rajkumar College, Rajkot; a progressive ruler, he
began the process of modernisation of Rajpipla which
was carried on by his son, married 1stly, HH
Maharani Shri Phul Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of HH
Maharana Raj Saheb Shri Banesinhji Jaswantsinhji of
2ndly, HH Maharani Sardar Kunverba, daughter of
Maharawal Shri Motisinhji Jitsinhji of Chhota-Udaipur,
married 3rdly, a daughter of Mahida Shri Durjan
Sinhji, and had issue four sons and two daughters.
He died 20th September 1915 (#1).
- Lt.-Col. HH Maharana Shri Sir Vijaysinhji
Chhatrasinhji (by 1st marriage) (qv)
- HH Maharani Padma Kunverba Saheba, married 1927
(as his first wife), HH Maharawal Natwarsinhji
Fatehsinhji of Chhota-Udaipur.
She died 1928.
- Lt.-Col. HH Maharana Shri Sir
VIJAYSINHJI CHHATRASINHJI Sahib G.B.E.,
K.C.S.I., Maharaja of Rajpipla 1915/1951, born 30th
January 1890 at Chhatra Vilas Palace, Nandod (New
G.B.E. [cr. 1.1.1945], K.C.S.I. [cr. 1.1.1925],
eldest son of HH Maharana Shri Sir Chhatrasinhji
Gambhirsinhji Sahib, Raja of Rajpipla, K.C.I.E., by
his first wife, HH Maharani Shri Phul Kunverba
Sahiba, educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot, and at
the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun; he succeeded to
on the death of his father, 20th September 1915 (#3), and was invested with
full ruling powers at the Fort, Juna Raj (Old
Rajpipla), on 10th December 1915,he was granted the
hereditary title of Maharaja, with the permanent gun
salute of the State raised from 11 to 13 guns on 1st
January 1921; he introduced many reforms, including
free Primary education, nominal high school fees,
scholarships, a civil hospital, 5 dispensaries and a
veterinary hospital in the state, good public works,
and a criminal-and-civil court; he initiated the
construction of good motorable roads, a 40 mile
railway line, and a 19 mile steam railroad and a
tramway connecting the towns along the river Narmada
with villages in the interior, and a power house
supplying water and electricity to the town, he
regularised the land revenue systems, introduced
pensions for public servants and increased the
salaries of the police and military; he signed the
instrument of accession to the Dominion of India,
15th August 1947, and merged Rajpipla State into the
Bombay Presidency, on 10th June 1948 (Gujarat since
May 1960); he was one of the leading racehorse
owners in the world, his horses winning the Indian
Derby in 1919 (Tipster), Irish Derby in 1926
(Embargo), the Grand Prix in Belgium in 1927
(Embargo), and the Epsom Derby in 1934 (Windsor
Lad), he topped the racing events list in the
1932-1933 Indian racing season; married 1stly, 2nd
March 1911 at Amleta, HH Maharani Uday Kunverba
Sahiba [Ratlam Basaheb], daughter of Maharaj
Raghunath Singhji of Amleta,
married 2ndly, 18th June 1917, HH Maharani Padmini
Kunverba Sahiba [Panna Basaheb], daughter of Rao
Raja Khuman Singh Ju Deo of Panna, married 3rdly,
5th January 1940, HH Maharani Ella Devi Sahiba [née
Ella Atherton], and had issue. He died 29th April
1951 at The Manor, Old Windsor, Berkshire, and was
cremated at Rampura, on the banks of the river
Narmada, 18 kms from his former capital.
- HH Maharana Shri Rajendrasinhji Vijaysinhji
Sahib (by Maharani Uday Kunverba Sahiba)(qv)
- Rajkumar Shri Raghunathsinhji Vijaysinhji Sahib
(by Maharani Uday Kunverba Sahiba), born July 1913
at Nandod (New Rajpipla), died 1915.
- Rajkumari Shri (name unknown) Kunverba Sahiba
(by Maharani Uday Kunverba Sahiba), born 1914 at
Nanod, died 1915 at Nandod (New Rajpipla).
- Maharajkumari Kusum Kunverba Sahiba [HH Maharani
Kusum Kunverba Sahiba of Chota Udepur] (by
Maharani Uday Kunverba Sahiba), born at Vijay
Palace, Nandod (New Rajpipla), married 5th
December 1928, (as his second wife), HH Maharawal
Shri Natwarsinhji Fatehsinhji of Chhota-Udaipur,
and had issue, one son. She died 1981.
- Maharaj Shri Pramodsinhji Vijaysinhji Sahib (by
Maharani Uday Kunverba Sahiba), born 13th January
1917 at Nandod (New Rajpipla), educated at Mayo
College, Ajmer and Queen’s College, Cambridge
(B.A), member of the Indian Administrative
Service, polo player, married 10th December 1952,
Rani Jayendra Kumari Sahiba, daughter of Thakore
Sahib Shri Indrasinhji Balvirsinhji of Lakhtar, and had
issue. He died 1st January 1980 at Bombay.
- Rajkumari Yogeshwari Devi Sahiba [Kunwarani
Yogeshwari Devi], born 13th October 1953 at
Bombay, married 6th December 1976, Kunwar Duleep
Singh, son of Thakur Harnath Singh of Khatipura, and
had issue, one son and twin daughters. She died
- Rajkumari Maheshwari Devi Sahiba [Shrimati
Maheshwari Devi Panwar], born 16th December 1954
at Bombay, married 11th December 1981, Capt.
Manvendra Singh Panwar, son of Lt.-Col. Mahendra
Pratap Bahadur Singh, and has issue, one son.
- Rajkumari Durgeshwari Devi Sahiba, [Shrimati
Durgeshwari Balchander] born 10th April 1956 at
Lakhtar, married 21st April 1980, Shri R.
Balchander, son of Shri M.P. Rajagopalan, and
has issue, two daughters.
- Rajkumari Krishna Kumari Sahiba [Kunwarani
Krishna Kumari], born 25th September 1959 at
Bhubaneshwar, married 10th February 1989, Kumar
Shri Brijrajsinhji Praveensinhji Jadeja of
Dhrol, son of Kumar Shri Praveen Sinhji Umaid
Sinhji Jadeja of Dhrol.
- Maharajkumari Mohini Kunverba Sahiba [HH
Maharani Mohini Kunverba of Morvi] (by Maharani
Padmini Kunverba Sahiba), born 14th September 1918
at Vijay Palace, Nandod (New Rajpipla), married
27th January 1932, (as his first wife), HH
Maharaja Shri Mahendrasinhji Lakhdirji Sahib
Bahadur, Maharaja of Morvi.
She died sp
on 13th December 1993.
- Rajkumar Shri (name
unknown) Vijaysinhji Sahib (by Maharani
Padmini Kunverba Sahiba), born in July 1919, died
11th August 1919.
- Maharaj Shri Indrajeetsinhji Vijaysinhji Sahib
[Billy Rajpipla] (by Maharani Padmini Kunverba
Sahiba), born 19th September 1925 at Vijay Palace,
Nandod (New Rajpipla), educated at Mayo College,
Ajmer; painter, farmer, keen polo player and
renowned hunter, married 27th May 1954 at Bombay,
Rani Vina Kumari, daughter of Raja Shriniwas
Prasad Singh, Raja of Jagdishpur
(Bhojpur, Bihar), and his wife, Rani Savitri Devi,
and had issue. He died 11th July 1964 at his farm
in Bijnor District, U.P.
- Maharaj Shri Indra Vikram Singhji Indrajeet
Sinhji Sahib [Teddy Rajpipla], born 29th July
1955 at Mussoorie, educated at St. Joseph’s
Academy, Dehra Dun; St. George’s College,
Mussoorie; Hans Raj College, Delhi University;
and at the British Institute of Commerce,
Bombay; keen cricketer, captained cricket teams
at school and college; owner of garments
manufacturing and export business 1978-1990,
publishing business since 1990, freelance writer
and editor of 'Cricket Samrat'¯, author of ‘Test
Cricket - End of the Road?’ (1992), ‘World Cup
Cricket’ (2002), 'The Little Big Book of World
Cup Cricket' (edition I 2007, edition II 2011),
'The Big Book of World Cup Cricket' (2011), 'The
Little Big Book of World Cup Cricket' edition II
(2011), 'A Maharaja's Turf' (2011), 'Crowning
Glory' (2011) and 'Don's Century' (2011);
presently setting up a heritage palace resort;
married 21st May 1981 at Dehra Dun (div.1988),
Kunwarani Vandana Kumari, daughter of Thakur
Mahabir Singh of Ajairajpura, and has issue.
- Rajkumar Shri Vishvajeet Singhji Indra
Vikram Singhji Sahib [Joey Rajpipla], born
30th July 1983 at Doom Dooma, educated at
Vidya Niketan, New Delhi; Summer Fields
School, Gurgaon; Shaheed Bhagat Singh College,
Delhi University; and ICFAI University,
Hyderabad; finance executive with Tupperware
India, and Bausch & Lomb Eyecare India.
- Maharaj Shri Indra Vadan Singhji Indrajeet
Singhji Sahib [Anuj Rajpipla], born 1st November
1957 at Dehra Dun, educated at St. Joseph’s
Academy, Dehra Dun; St. George’s College,
Mussoorie; St. Michael’s School, Patna; Hindu
College and Hans Raj College, Delhi University;
keen cricketer, soccer player, painter and
musician; executive in garments company, tea
gardens and tea export company, export business;
married 21st February 1982 at New Delhi,
Kunwarani Ratna Varma, daughter of Wing
Commander J. C. Varma, and has issue.
- Rajkumari Shubhangini Singh, born 26th April
1983 at New Delhi, educated at Vidya Niketan,
New Delhi, and Wigan & Leigh College, New
Delhi; artist, company executive.
- Rajkumar Shri Chandra Vadan Singh, born 3rd
February 1988 at Duliajan, educated at Vidya
Niketan, New Delhi, and JIMS, New Delhi;
executive with Genpact India.
- Maharajkumari Chandra Prabha Kumari Sahiba
[Maharaj Kunwarani Chandra Prabha Kumari Sahiba of
Nabha] (by Maharani Padmini Kunverba Sahiba), born
11th November 1932 at Nandod, married 1950,
Maharajkumar Shri Gurbaksh Singh of Nabha, and had issue,
two daughters and one son. She died in September
- Maharaj Shri Rajsinhji Vijaysinhji Sahib (by
Maharani Ila Devi), born 21st November 1940,
educated at Westminister School; journalist.
- Maharajkumari Premila Devi Sahiba (by Maharani
Ila Devi), born 10th April 1949, educated at
Heathfield School, Ascot, a fashion model and
- HH Maharana Shri
RAJENDRASINHJI VIJAYSINHJI Sahib, Maharaja
of Rajpipla 1951/1963, born 30th March 1912 at
Chhatravilas Palace, Nandod (New Rajpipla), educated
at Mayo College, Ajmer, and RMA, Woolwich,
Commissioned as Honorary 2nd Lieut 1/6/1936,
attached Royal Deccan Horse, Indian Army 1/6/1936 to
1/12/1936, Assistant Collector at Poona 1936-1937,
served in World War II as instructor Indian Army
1939-1943, Army Minister Rajpipla State 1943-1948,
President Rajpipla Interim Executive Council
1946-1948, polo player, succeeded on the death of
his father, 29th April 1951, installed on the gadi at the
Fort, Juna Raj (Old Rajpipla), married 5th March
1934, HH Maharani Rasik Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of
HH Maharawal Shri Fatehsinhji Motisinhji Sahib of Chhota-Udaipur,
and had issue, one son and two daughters. He died
3rd February 1963 at Bombay.
- HH Maharana Shri Raghubirsinhji Rajendrasinhji
- Maharajkumari Premlata Kumari Sahiba (HH
Maharani Premlata Kumari Sahiba of Bolangir-Patna,
now the Rajmata Sahiba of Patna), born 5th January
1937 at Nandod, married 18th January 1955, HH
Maharaja Raj Raj Singh Deo of Bolangir-Patna, and has issue,
two sons and two daughters.
- Maharajkumari Vimla Kumari Sahiba (Rani Vimla
Kumari Sahiba of Bamra), born 15th September 1938
at Nandod, married 7th February 1965, Raja
Pradipta Gang Deb of Bamra,
and has issue, one son.
- HH Maharana Shri
RAGHUBIRSINHJI RAJENDRASINHJI Sahib,
Maharaja of Rajpipla (see above)
- Rani Manwar Kunwarba Sahiba, married 1914, Maharaj
Dasrath Singh of Barwani
and had issue. She died 1916.
- Rani Shyamlata Kumari, married Maharaj Shri
Naharsinhji Godji of Kutch.
- Maharaj Champaksinhji, married the 2nd daughter of
Rana Gulabsinhji Gammelsinhji of Pratappur, and had
- Thakurani Bharati Devi, married April 1947,
Lt.-Col. Thakur Raghuvir Singhji of Dundlod, and has
- Rajkumari Veena Devi, married Kumar Shri
Jaisinhji Jhala, son of Kumar Shri Banesinhji
Jaswantsinhji of Wadhwan.
- Kanwar Prithiraj Singh, married and had issue.
- Rani Kusum Kumari, married 13th May 1930, Maj.
HH Raja Sir Joginder Sen Bahadur of Mandi.
- Rani Jayaraj Kumari, married 1936, Maharaj Shri
Duleepsinhji Jaswansinhji Jadeja of Nawanagar.
- Kumar Shri Indravijaysinhji Amarjeetsinhji,
educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1980)
- Kumar Shri Jaisinhji Hirasinhji, educated at
Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1963)
- Kumar Shri Vikramsinhji Hirasinhji, educated at
Rajkumar College, Rajkot (1969)
- Rani Rattan Kunwarba Sahiba, married (as his tenth
wife), Raj Sahib Raisinhji Pratapsinhji of Dhrangadhra, and
- Kumar Shri Randhirsinhji Duleepsinhji Gohil,
married 1973, Kumari Shri Gayatri Devi, daughter of
Thakore Saheb Mahendrasinhji Jorawarsinhji of
Mengni, and his wife, Thakurani Nirmala Kunverba
- Rani Drupad Kunverba Sahiba, married Maharaj
Naharsinhji Mansinhji of Baria,
and had issue.
- HH Maharani Samaj Kunverba Sahiba, married (as his
first wife), HH Maharawal Shri Fatehsinhji
Motisinhji Sahib of Chhota-Udaipur,
and had issue.
- Maharaj Prakram Singhji, married and had issue.
- Ranisaheb Bashri Pushpakunvarbasaheb, married
1927 (as his first wife), Major Maharaol Maharaj
Naharsinhji Fatehsinhji of Chhota-Udaipur,
and had issue.
- Rani Ranjana Devi, married Maharaj Shri Hirasinhji
Ranjitsinhji of Baria.